by Franz Seraph Kohlbrenner (1728 - 1783)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Sei Mutter der Barmherzigkeit
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Sei Mutter der Barmherzigkeit,
Sei Königin gegrüßet,
Des Lebens Freud' und Süßigkeit,
Durch die uns Trost zufließet.
Zu dir, o Mutter, rufen wir,
Mit Tränen seufzen wir zu dir,
O wend' dein [freundlich]1 Angesicht
Auf uns vom Himmels Throne.

Versag' uns deine Fürbitt' nicht
Bei Jesu, deinem Sohne,
Nach unserm Tode zeig' uns ihn,
Bei ihm sei uns're Mittlerin
In aller Trübsal, [in]2 Angst und Not.
[O hilf uns in den]3 Leiden,
Hilf, tröste uns und bitt' bei Gott,
Wenn wir von hinnen scheiden,
Erwerb uns Sieg im letzten Streit,
O Mutter der Barmherzigkeit!

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Note: While Kohlbrenner's original text (see below) consists of three stanzas with 6 lines each, Schubert subdivided the text into four stanzas (4+4+5+5 lines). Kohlbrenner's Salve Regina has been reprinted many times in various prayer books, with small textual variations. Schubert's actual text source is not known, comparatively close is Katholisches Gesangbuch zum allgemeinen Gebrauche bei öffentlichen Gottesverehrungen, Erster Band. München, 1810, pages 354-355.

1 Gesangbuch 1810: "himmlisch"; Kohlbrenner: "gütig"
2 added by Schubert
3 Gesangbuch 1810, and Kohlbrenner: "Komm uns zu Hülf im"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Duits Salve Regina", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "German Salve Regina (Hail, Queen of Heaven)", subtitle: "Hymn to the Holy Mother of God", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Salve regina allemand", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Lau Kanen [Guest Editor] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2012-03-24
Line count: 18
Word count: 94

German Salve Regina (Hail, Queen of Heaven)
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Hail, Mother of mercy,
Hail, Queen,
Life’s joy and sweetness,
Through these you comfort us.
To you, oh Mother, we call,
With tears, we sigh to you,
Turn your friendly countenance
Toward us from heaven’s throne.
Do not withold your intercession
Through Jesus, your son,
After our death, lead us to him,
Through him you are our mediator
Through all adversity, in fear and distress.
Help us in our time of trouble,
Help, turn to us and pray to Gott,
When we must depart from here.
Grant us victory in the last battle,
Mother of mercy.

Subtitle: "Hymn to the Holy Mother of God"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-05-17
Line count: 18
Word count: 96